PHP Tutorial 1 - Setting up Localhost

I'm starting with the tutorials of PHP here in a series, I hope it help you guys; stay aware of updates for a series of PHP tutorials.

As you know PHP is a server-side scripting language; it is mainly used to develop websites and web-applications. Since it is a server-side scripting language you need a server to run your PHP files. For this there are two options i.e. either you get your web hosting account or setup your own server. I find setting up your server is a better option so here I will  tell you how to install it. I use the WAMP server which is automatically configured for PHP, MySQL, Apache and PHPmyadmin. Just click on the following to download the wamp server:

Download either the 32-bit version or 64-bit according to your requirement.

After installing you will get a shortcut on your desktop; start it by double-clicking it and then you will get a wamp icon in your taskbar.

Click on that icon to get a menu:


  • localhost - it will open the address of localhost in your web browser.
  • PHPmyadmin - this is an installed alias which will help you manage your databases.
  • www directory - this is the directory where you will place you PHP files/projects to run.
  • apache - manages apache extensions.
  • PHP - manages PHP extensions.
  • MySQL - manages MySQL extensions.

That was all about installing the wamp server i.e. setting up a localhost.

The next article will be a very simple article just explaining a "hello world" program in PHP; until then install PHP.